Psychology and Mind in Aquinas

History of Psychiatry 16 (3):291-310 (2005)

Abstract

This article stresses the main lines of Thomas Aquinas’s philosophy on the nature of the body-soul union. Following Aristotle, Aquinas sees the soul as a ‘principle of life’ which is intimately bound to a body. Together they form a noncontingent composition. In addition, the distinctive feature of the human soul is rationality, which implies that a human needs a mind to be what it is. However, this is not to say, as Descartes proposes, that the reason that I am a human is that I am fully self-conscious. On the contrary, I will show that selfconsciousness is not necessarily a key to defining a human being. To that aim, and based on Aquinas’s views, I draw a distinction between what I will call ‘egos’ and ‘selves’.

Download options

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,856

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Analytics

Added to PP
2011-08-10

Downloads
42 (#274,373)

6 months
1 (#386,040)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Miguel Garcia-Valdecasas
Universidad de Navarra

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references

Similar books and articles

Thomas Aquinas and Nonreductive Physicalism.Kevin W. Sharpe - 2005 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 79:217-227.
A Look at Inner Sense in Aquinas: A Long-Neglected Faculty Psychology.Anthony J. Lisska - 2006 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 80:1-19.
Aquinas: A Collection of Critical Essays.Anthony Kenny - 1976 - University of Notre Dame Press.
A Look at Inner Sense in Aquinas: A Long-Neglected Faculty Psychology.Anthony J. Lisska - 2006 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 80:1-19.
Aquinas, Resurrection, and Material Continuity.Silas Langley - 2001 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 75:135-147.
Aquinas.Anthony Kenny - 1969 - Garden City, N.Y., Anchor Books.
Aquinas and the Individuation of Human Persons Revisited.Montague Brown - 2003 - International Philosophical Quarterly 43 (2):167-185.